Italian Pepper Steak Slow-Cooker Dinner

Make weeknight dinner fast and easy. Here's a main course recipe and three suggestions for rounding it out into a complete meal. Find out how to effortlessly dress up starters, sides, and desserts to fit the meal's main course.


Sweet peppers and Italian seasoning make this juicy steak a great dinner. When you add a Bean Bruschetta, Creamy-Cheesey Polenta, and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, you have an authentic Italian meal. This dinner is a pantry lover's dream: beans, polenta, and a jar of Alfredo sauce are all easy to keep in your cupboard.

The Menu

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  • Pepper Steak (see recipe below)
  • Bean Bruschetta
  • Alfredo Polenta
  • Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Vinegar

Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak recipe

Bean Bruschetta

Toast slices of crusty bread. Puree rinsed and drained white beans in a food processor with minced garlic, and drizzle in olive oil until beans are creamy. Season to taste. Spread bean puree on toast.

Alfredo Polenta

Slice prepared, cooked polenta in 1/2-inch-thick slices and place in a greased baking dish. Pour on prepared Alfredo sauce and heat until hot. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil for 1 minute, or just until cheese melts.

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Vinegar

Cook broccoli rabe in boiling salted water for 1 minute, then drain. Saute in olive oil in a large skillet until tender, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in a dash of red wine vinegar and season to taste.

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